The Complete Angler

or the Contemplative man's Recreation. Part. I. Being a Discourse of Rivers, and Fish-Ponds, Fish and Fishing. The Fifth Edition much corrected and enlarged. The Universal Angler, Made so, by Three Books of Fishing. The First by Mr. Izaak Walton; The Sec

VENABLES, Robert / WALTON, Izaac / COTTON, Charles

WALTON, Izaac The Complete Angler or the Contemplative man's Recreation. Part. I. Being a Discourse of Rivers, and Fish-Ponds, Fish and Fishing. The Fifth Edition much corrected and enlarged. The Universal Angler, Made so, by Three Books of Fishing. The First by Mr. Izaak Walton; The Sec

Richard Marriot 1676.

First complete edition of 'The Universal Angler', containing the fifth edition of Walton's Angler, the first edition of Cotton's continuation of The Complete Angler and the fourth edition of Venables' The Experienc'd Angler. Three volumes in one, octavo (148 x 90 mm). Later full crushed olive morocco, with raised bands, gilt decoration and titles to the spine, triple ruled gilt border to the covers, gilt decorated turn-ins and all edges gilt. General title page to front and individual title pages to each volume, including engraved title pages to volumes one and three. Ten engravings attributed to Pierre Lombart in Part I (repeated in part II), woodcut initials and headpieces, two pages of printed music. A trace of wear to the binding but a fine copy, textually complete (though wanting two terminal blanks) and internally fresh.

The fifth edition was the last to receive Walton's own revisions. Bound under the title The Universal Angler with Charles Cotton's and Robert Venables's continuations, "all of which may be bound together, or sold each of them severally". Venables's text, The Experienced Angler, or Angling Improved, is a fourth, enlarged, edition (third extant) and Cotton's Instructions how to Angle for a Trout or Grayling in a Clear Stream is a first edition.
"Indeed, my good scholar, we may say of angling, as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries, 'Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did'; and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling" (The Compleat Angler).

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